Friday Night Bites: QB cannons drawn

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MAC Championship Game -- Ohio vs. Northern Illinois, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2: The Bobcats and Huskies both emerged 9-3 from a wild and wooly season of conference scrabbling, and are riding hot streaks into Detroit's Ford Field. Ohio hasn't lost since October 15 against Ball State; NIU's run of good fortune dates back two weeks further to an odd stumble against a not-good Central Michigan outfit. Apart from that one hiccup, NIU's only losses have come against BCS competition, although the first was merely Kansas. NIU's best win, for my part, came against a Toledo team fully expected to swipe the MAC title for itself. A 63-60 Tuesday shootout helped publicize the enjoyable phenomenon of weeknight MACtion. Ohio had its own baffling faceplant against Buffalo in Week 5, and fell to Rutgers at the tail end of nonconference play in September. The Bobcats played a less impressive schedule, filling their nonconference slots with such luminaries as New Mexico State and FCS nonentity Gardner-Webb and drawing the less able West Division teams in cross-conference action.